Challenges and constraints impact future lubricant performance requirements

Aug 29, 2018

As emissions limits around the globe tighten, OEMs are introducing technologies to ensure their vehicle fleets comply. A variety of key drivers of change to vehicle hardware influence lubricants performance requirements including emissions limits and vehicle electrification. Ensuring these drivers are transferred into lubricant formulations so that emerging constraints can be met is not a simple feat.

For example, regulations such as Euro 6 have imposed tougher limits to control emissions of nitrogen oxides. This hardening will result in a reduction of the emissions compared to former generations. The engine oils must in turn be formulated to ensure durability of the various aftertreatment systems.

Read more about this topic from an interview with Dr. Gerald Crepeau, battery and after treatment functional design and fuels expert at PSA Peugeot Citroen, here.

Why should you care?

With the increased constraints on engine formulations continuing to be a challenge across the industry, it’s important to find the right balance between additive companies and vehicle manufacturers. Working together to better understand current and future trends will only help drive success.